Is Pollard Still Solid to UCLA?

With other schools still recruiting him, we checked in with the #18-ranked cornerback in the nation, Marlon Pollard of San Bernardino (Calif.) Cajon, who was UCLA's first verbal in the 2009 class...

When Marlon Pollard committed to UCLA last summer, before his junior year began, it was the earliest known public commitment UCLA had received for the 2009 class. DeWayne Walker had been impressed with Pollard from the spring and made an offer to Pollard, who accepted it and verballed a few weeks later.

A school, and coaching change later, Pollard is still solid on his commitment to the Bruins, despite a lot of transition.

"I'm solid to UCLA," said Pollard. "I still kind of want to go through the whole recruiting process. Coaches are coming by my school and schools are talking with me still. I'm just hearing what they have to say. But I'm still signing with UCLA."

Cal and UNLV both came by this week and Notre Dame is scheduled to come by before the week ends. In addition, Pollard is getting interest from a host of Ivy League schools.

"I've really been looking at Ivy league schools because of the academics, so I'm being contacted by Harvard. I just want to take a look at all of my options," said Pollard.

Pollard said he's excited about the future at UCLA, including playing under new coach Rick Neuheisel.

"Coach Neuheisel, he's great and I've been in contact with him every week," said Pollard. "He's really excited to be back at UCLA and I know he's planning to do big things there. He's very persistent in keeping in touch with everyone."

Pollard and fellow commit Todd Golper, the first two commits in this class, have hit it off, playing together in Las Vegas in March at the Badger/New Level Pass Camp, which they helped their team win. He's also been in touch with a few of the other commits and some of the UCLA recruits.

"I met Sheldon Price and Isaiah Bowens who are both coming to UCLA, too," said Pollard. "And I'm talking with other guys, too. Our class is only going to be as good as the guys in it, so we're working on more guys coming."

Pollard played at Valencia his sophomore and junior year but earlier this year moved to San Bernardino. He's now at Cajon High School, where he's in spring ball and set to play his senior season.

"We just started spring football and that's been great," said Pollard. "I've playing with all of our new coaches and all the new players that are coming out for football. It's just been great and I like it out here. I'm going to be playing receiver too and returning kicks and punts."

Pollard also received some big news when he was the first announced selection for the Offense-Defense All-American Game next January.

"I've been going to their camps since I was seven and I kind of grew up in their system," said Pollard. "So it was definitely cool to be selected, and I'm honored to be the first person selected. Most people don't have the opportunity to play in an All-American game."

Currently at 6-1 and 160 pounds, Pollard said he'd like to get up to 175 by fall. UCLA still envisions him playing corner.

"Coach Walker said he likes my size and my height for corner," said Pollard.

Pollard is planning to attend UCLA's camp this spring, and may also attend camp at Cal, as well as an Offense-Defense camp in Atlanta.

Later this month, Pollard will be at the UnderArmour/ Combine at the Home Depot Center. In fact, it was last year at the Scout Combine that he made his first big mark. Pollard recorded the second best vertical (36.5) and second best broad jump (9-11) among all the 300 participants. And his marks were also tops of anyone in the class of 2009.

"I'm going to the Scout Combine to get out there and show what I can do again," said Pollard.

As a junior, Pollard had 56 tackles and three interceptions in his junior season at Valencia.

Academically, Pollard is carrying a 3.8 GPA and scored a 1450 on the SAT.

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